For families stuck indoors and desperate for entertainment, a cardboard box can transform into a makeshift playground for the kids or a refuge for the cats. Day to day, though, they have been a crucial if often overlooked link in the nation’s supply chain. But now boxes are piling up in homes across the country because of the explosive growth in e-commerce this year. That’s left the corrugated packaging industry dependent on consumers to recycle the products to support its financial and environmental needs. Corrugated box shipments grew 9 percent in March from the year-ago period, industry data shows, despite a brief dip in revenue when the pandemic’s initial shock froze up the supply chain. But shipments were again soon boosted by retailers’ overstocking of food, cleaning supplies and toilet paper amid the panic buying so prevalent in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Shipments continued to climb through the fall, peaking in October, and box makers are on pace to end the year with record production to meet this year’s skyrocketing demand. Click read more below for the rest of the article.
In the middle of May, more than 400 guests from all over the world attended the Packaging Day hosted by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. Under the slogan “Think out of the Box”, they witnessed the premiere of the Primefire 106 – what up until then was only available to see in customers’ print shops and in the laboratory environment is now also installed in the Print Media Center Packaging, and thus completes the extensive demo range in the world’s biggest demo center for packaging solutions. Heidelberg is the only manufacturer to integrate offset and digital printing including finishing via the Prinect workflow, and is opening up new business models for packaging printing.
“With this range, Heidelberg cements its position as the leader in packaging printing and provides answers to current and future requirements in the age of digitization. We make our customers more productive and therefore also more profitable,” explained Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chief Executive Officer of Heidelberg, in his welcome. This was impressively confirmed by the two Managing Directors Thomas Pfefferle and Martin Bruttel from colordruck Baiersbronn. colordruck is a decade-long customer of Heidelberg and has seen its business models go through many successful evolutions. The Primefire 106 has been installed at colordruck since the end of last year and has been undergoing field testing since mid-January 2018. The Primefire offers colordruck the advantage of high-quality digital printing in combination with sheet finishing using existing die-cutting tools in 3b format. The packaging service provider, which operates throughout Europe, has been producing packagings using digital printing since 2017. In its new “Packaging Digital” division, colordruck offers customized and personalized packagings through to mass customization via its online shop “designyourpackaging.de”. In this way colordruck is opening up new customer groups. In its offset printing arm, colordruck continues to produce premium packagings using four highly automated Speedmaster machines from the latest generation.
The Packaging Day offered the visitors a platform for getting new ideas and inspiration for their current and future business models. Three information tours – “Packaging as you like”, “Operational Excellence”, and “Special Applications” – addressed the trends in the industry and provided a comprehensive presentation of the corresponding solution from Heidelberg.
In addition to demonstrating overall solutions, special highlight shows enlarged upon topics such as navigated printing in large format with the Speedmaster XL 145 six-color press with coating unit. The topic of postpress packaging showed economical solutions for postpress requirements. The Primefire 106 also had its own exhibit on the topic of industrial digital printing.
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